Changing our Small Towns One Solar Panel at a Time

Changing our Small Towns One Solar Panel at a Time   Connie Larochelle and her husband moved to Trail from Victoria at the pandemic's onset to be near their daughter, a nurse at the local hospital. They purchased what Connie calls "A really old house that had no upgrades." Since then, the family has completely renovated the house to be home for Connie, her husband and their daughter. They…

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Why Guaranteed Livable Income Needs to be a part of the Climate Discussion.

Discussions about Guaranteed Livable Income initiatives have been all over the news lately. I'm sure you have scrolled by posts on your social media feeds and glanced at the comments in the threads. But you might be wondering, "how could this possibly be good for our economy, and how does this stop the climate crisis?" I can assure you that it is all related. Not only could a livable income…

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We have concerns about Zincton. Public Comments Needed NOW

  The formal proposal for the Zincton All-Seasons Resort located in the Goat Mountain range between New Denver and Kaslo was released on September 13th. From now to November 22 the government is hosting a public review and comment period.  While the proposal considers many more environmentally friendly approaches than a typical development, it has the allowance to host more than 1,200…

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BC Government agrees with scientists: BC’s old growth forests are at risk of disappearing forever.

  Today’s news reveals that the BC government agrees with what expert scientists have been saying: BC’s old growth forests are at risk of disappearing forever. This news reflects a big shift in the BC government’s perspective and creates optimism for great opportunities for old growth forest protection and an overall paradigm shift in BC’s forestry policy.  Minister Katrine Conroy of…

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A CleanBC Means Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies.

Premier Horgan announced the new B.C. climate plan, the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030. Although the language has been updated to include buzz words like ‘crisis’ and ‘emergency’ this plan has left many gaps and unanswered questions, has few details on how we reach its goals, and is still handing out your tax dollars to industrial polluters. Last year alone the BC government handed out over $1.3 billion…

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Painted Turtles at Risk from Mine near Nelson

  This summer people driving by Grohman Narrows Provincial Park just outside of Nelson witnessed for the first time what looked like orange sludge in the pond, unusually low water levels, and hardly any turtles resting on the log compared to years before (only 1 or 2 turtles instead of 10 or more).  You can see it for yourself in the photo above. Western painted turtles, a federally listed…

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This Thanksgiving, Keep the Conversation Going.

      Today, as you celebrate with family and friends and think about all that you are thankful for, take a moment to reflect on how you can give back, and how to keep having important conversations. One week ago was Canada’s first inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. September 30th marked a day of conversations, listening, learning, reflecting, and grieving.…

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Everything You Need to be a Voter in the Federal Election

Voting can be overwhelming, especially for people casting a ballot for the very first time. I want to make sure you have all the information you need to get to your polling station on Monday, September 20th to be a voter deciding your next leaders.   To be a voter in the federal election, you must... be a Canadian citizen be at least 18 years old on election day prove your identity and address…

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Get out the vote – the most effective calls you’ll make all month

Pandemic. Wildfires. Climate Change. Election. I hear you -- there is a lot going on right now, and I’m feeling tired too. Yet, this week I’m feeling motivated and excited because I’ve signed-up to make non-partisan get out the vote (GOTV) calls to my neighbours to help more voters cast their ballots in Monday's Federal Election. Can you join me and sign-up for a GOTV phone bank now and help your…

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Let’s hear it for Creston!

In a unanimous decision by Town Council members on Tuesday, September 7, the Town of Creston has officially become the 11th community in the West Kootenays to commit to transition to 100% renewable energy across all energy use sectors in their community by 2050. Way to go, Creston! This also could not have happened without the hard work of the Creston volunteer team from the Creston Climate…

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